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Trump Vs. Merkel: Friends Or Frenemies?

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 27, 2017

The relationship between the United States and Germany is in flux—for better and worse.

The Diversity Fundamentalists

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 24, 2017

A new consensus for "diversity" and "inclusion," if left unchallenged, will have an unintended consequence: unthinking intellectual rigidity, a malaise that all successful institutions must guard against.

America's Media Meltdown

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Journalists go from presidential veneration to vituperation.

The North Korean Threat

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How should the U.S. contain a rogue regime on the brink of acquiring nuclear-tipped intercontinental missiles?

The Single-Payer Siren

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 17, 2017

The Republicans are flubbing a golden health-care opportunity.

Will Brexit Break The "Special Relationship"?

by David L. Lealvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Britain unmoored from Europe may not be an enticing partner for Washington.

The Supreme Court’s Playground Scrape

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 3, 2017

The Free Exercise and the Establishment clauses of the Constitution can be at odds.

The Islamist Minotaur

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lacking courage, the West placates its existential foe with human offerings. 

Doctrinal Tangle At SCOTUS

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 26, 2017

All substantive constitutional protections are entitled to equal respect. 

Prestige As A Tool Of Foreign Policy

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 12, 2017

Trump is reasserting America’s strength on the world stage.  


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